Update: ABC news reports that the guy urinated outside after bursting in and shouting epithets at the assembled
That there exists a mosque with those Muslim-y prayer rugs in Queens, only 2 or 3 short miles from the hallowed ground of 9/11, apparently offended the sensitivities of a good and patriotic American
on Wednesday. It's an open wound.
In the latest in a spate of anti-Muslim incidents over the last two days, an intoxicated man entered a mosque in Queens on Wednesday evening and proceeded to urinate on prayer rugs, New York police officials said.
The man, identified as Omar Rivera, reportedly shouted anti-Muslim epithets and called worshippers who had gathered for evening prayer “terrorists.” One witness told the New York Post the man was “very clearly intoxicated” and had a beer bottle in his hand at the time.
“He stuck up his middle finger and cursed at everyone,” Mustapha Sadouki, who was at the mosque at the time, said. “He calls us terrorists, yet he comes into our mosque and terrorizes other people.”
Rivera has been charged with criminal trespassing.
Meanwhile, here's Alex Pareene
on Jonah Goldberg's latest brain-fart:
Jonah Goldberg, whose columns are apparently published in grown-up newspapers for consumption by literate adults, uses today's to expand on a theme that he first toyed with at The Corner last week: Liberals are the realintolerant ones because they make up "Islamophobia" and accuse Real Americans of it.
Indeed. Steve M. offers some more links
California: Vandalism at Madera mosque called hate crime
Chicago: Permit Denied For Mosque In West Rogers Park
Kentucky: Mayfield rejects planned mosque
And adds: "So much for the location of the Islamic center in downtown Manhattan being the one and only thing that's bothering anyone." Of course, it never was